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Garbage disposal seems to work **** water down put when you turn the swich off water come back into the sink fast

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Hi,
You have aplugged drain line...
You need to take the drain line apart and see why the water is not going down and remove the blockage...
It has nothing to do with the disposer...

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You have some type of obstruction in your drain. There is enough force to push the water in the drain, perhaps even raising the level up into the vent line. When you switch off the disposal, then it rushes back into the shink. Disconnect drain line and run a snake into the drain.

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SOURCE: garbage disposal doesn't drain

Sometimes what happens is that when they install a garbage disposal the pipe coming out of it ends up being lower than the pipe exiting the pea trap thru the wall under the sink. If it is a dual kitchen sink this is very common. Being lower than the exiting pipe causes water to stay in the bottom of the disposal and not just the pea trap. If you have a side by side sink in the kitchen and the water is backing up in the other sink also then more than likely the pea trap has a blockage. It is not common for the straight line from the pea trap going thru the wall to become blocked, but it does sometimes happen. The biggest cause of this is poring hot grease down the drain. It is just about the point that it cools enough, sticks and hardens plugging the drain pipe.
You probably should have a plumber look at it and make sure everything is running downhill under the sink. The only place that water should set in the plumbing is in the pea trap so that odor from the sewer does not come up into the house. Without actually seeing it, it is hard to tell exactly what is happening. The pea trap is easy to clean, put a really big pan under the trap, make sure you have emptied as much water out of the sink as you can, then with a big pair of channel locks unscrew the two nuts that hold the pea trap in place and let the fluid drain from it, then finish unscrewing it from the pipe. You can then clean it out and check the pipe thru the wall for blockage. When reassembling it, screw it all together loosely and then move the pieces around while hand tightening each joint so the they have no pressure on them, then use the channel locks to finish tightening the nuts. Don't over tighten them because they have nylon seals in them that compress to make the seal. Just tight enough to seal and not leak. You should be up and running again unless the plug-up is farther down the wall pipe. Good Luck, RAC

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Resetting Garbage Disposal

should have came with a alen key use it. to loosen the blades that are stuck on the bottom of the gaburator theree should be a hole in the middle. Just fine a alen key that fits in the hole and turn it around and then turn it on should solve your problem

Posted on Jun 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Garbage Disposal Ace 2000 model

Hi David,

Are the blades actually turning or is just the motor running?
First, turn off the power to the disposal at the circuit breaker. Do not put your hand in until you do this.

If you hear the motor running, but not the blades, then the blades are jammed. On most disposers you can put an allen wrench in an opening under the unit and move the blades. If the blades move freely, then your drain line is probably plugged.
If the motor runs, but the blades don't and they will move freely by hand, then the disposal needs repair.
If the blades are jammed with food, you can clear the jam with your hand and the allen wrench trick from underneath.
Once the disposer is freed up, run cold water down the drain for a few minutes to harden any grease build up inside. Then running the disposer should get rid of the hardened grease.
By the way, most disposers have a reset button on the bottom of the motor should your disposer jam and turn off or trip your breaker.

Orange peels, etc. will not harm your disposer. A good way to keep it clear is to put egg shells down it periodically. The shell action will scrape junk off the inside of the disposer.

You can also keep the disposer clean of grease buildup by pouring some baking soda in the disposer followed by a mix of hot water and vinegar.

Hope this helps. If it does, I'd appreciate a 4 thumbs up. Thanks,

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Sink erator


First, unplug the power cord to the "Sink aerator" disposal from under the sink storage area. Next, remove the black rubber strainer from the upper sink area leading down into the disposal. (It simply pulls upward to remove) This will allow you to put your hand down into the disposal area to physically clean out the disposal deposits by hand. Pull out whatever is plugging the disposal and throw the debris in the trash, not back into the disposal. Once everything is removed from inside the disposal, flush it out completely with water from the faucet until it drains freely. Reassemble the black rubber strainer and plug in the disposal once clean. Be sure not to put potatoe peelings and other non-disposable items which can't be ground up easily in the garbage disposal. Keep in mind, just because it says garbage disposal, it doesn't mean all "garbage." Also, always use plenty of water when using the disposal and allow the water to run for a minute or so afterwards to finish washing down the debris in the sink "P" trap drain out through the outer sewer line.

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Backed Up Kitchen Double Sink Fix with Garbage Disposal- Quick and Simple Fix


Here's how to fix a backed-up double sink (running water down one side/sink causing dirty water to well up out of the drain on the other side, with slow or no emptying). Note that this quick-and-easy tip only works if you have a functioning garbage disposal.

What you will need: a stopper, and possibly a clean toilet plunger (the cup-shaped kind that stands on its own, not the kind that is bulb-shaped)

Stopper up the side in which the water is rising up out of the drain. Make sure you hold down the stopper as well; if you don't, the stopper will shoot up on a geyser of dirty water when you perform the next step. Once you have the stopper in place and are holding it down, run water on the other side/sink and turn on the garbage disposal. Once you have done that for a reasonable amount of time, shut off the garbage disposal and water, and unstopper* the other side. Run water on both sides to make sure everything is draining properly. Doing this should save you the hassle of taking the pipes apart or plunging one side repeatedly to clear the clog.

*Note: If the stopper is stuck, place the plunger so it completely covers the opening the stopper is stuck in and give it two good plunges. The plunger should create a vacuum that will suck out the stopper, and is more effective than you trying to pry or pull on it. Do this ONLY after you have shut off the garbage disposal and water.

What is happening is that there is a clog in your pipes. When water goes down one side, it hits the clog somewhere in the pipes, has nowhere to go, and gets pushed back up the pipe leading to the other side of the double sink. By stopping up the side without the garbage disposal, you are creating a barrier preventing the water from coming back up. At the same time, the garbage disposal running on the other side is forcing the water down. Since the water now cannot escape up the stoppered side, it has nowhere to go but down, forcing the clog out with it.

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Water does not drain from sink unless disposal is turned on and running. what could it be?


It would appear there is a blockage (a clog) in the disposal. You might try "FIRST" unplugging the disposal from under the sink. Put a piece of masking tape over the switch to secure it in the "OFF" position. Then remove the black rubber strainer from sink leading down into the disposal. (just pull it out by hand) Clean out all debris by hand. Put the removed debris in the trash can. Run hot water down into the disposal assuring it to drain properly. Do not put items into the disposal which cannot be ground up easily such as potato peelings and meat products.

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BADGER DISPOSAL UNIT 5-81 SEEMS TO WORK, IT'S NOT STUCK BUT THE WATER WON'T GO DOWN IN THE SINK. ANY SUGGESTIONS.


Clean out the p-trap and tubular drain under the sink:
I wrote ez disposal replacement steps that cover how to take apart tubular drain pipe and put it back.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

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Our disposal is full of water, and will not drain down. we had orange peels in there, which seem to not be in there any longer, but the water will not drain out of the disposal. We have a Badger as well.


Take apart P-trap located under sink.
Take photos of everything before starting so things go back easy.
Remove stuff from under sink, get some old towels, and put bucket under sink to catch water.
Loosen both nuts on P-trap and it will fall loose.
Turn on water and turn on disposal for a moment to see if blockage will fall down into catch bucket.
If disposal is still blocked, remove tailpiece connected to side of disposal and then clean out disposal with coat hanger, and/or plastic pipe that is duct-taped to shop vac hose. For a real mess, turn on the water and run disposal to clear blockage while tailpiece is off.

Clean and reassemble parts.
I use rectorseal for all tubular joints so they will not leak.
For re-assembly, I wrote tips with photos from days when I worked apartment maintenance.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

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I unclogged the GD by removing the pipes underneath and replaced them tightly. GD seems to be working fine now, but water is slowly leaking from underneath the GD! It appears to be leaking from the...


The leak comes from above where water comes out.

Turn off power before touching wet electrical appliance.

Put stopper in disposal.
Fill sink with water.
Check if water is getting through the putty seal at sink connection.

Next, check if water leaks only when dishwasher runs. Dishwasher drains into garbage disposal.

Last, check tailpiece where it attaches to side of garbage disposal. The tailpiece is usually sealed with a rubber washer. When washer is old, it gets deformed, and then it doesn't seal perfectly when put back.

I use rectorseal on all tubular pipe joints under the sink.
Works on both plastic and rubber washers.
It is gooey and sticky.
Brush it all over the washer, use plenty, then assemble pipes.
The rectorseal assures that joint will not leak.

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I put half a small lemon down the garbage disposal. The disposal kept working fine with the water running, but then it violently threw out water and food particles. I stopped the disposal immediately, the...


Sounds like a clog at or beyond the P trap of the sinks. With water coming back into the sinks, it has to be part of the drain line that is common to both sinks. If you try and unclog the sink, work on the side that does NOT have the garbage disposal in it. A small hand snake for sinks might do the job. You could also try a plunger on either side, but when you do, put a wet rag over the other drain so you are not just pushing air back and forth. Work on one side with the plunger while holding the wet towel down tight over the other drain. Sounds like a clog that was there prior to you putting the lemon in the GD.

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I never put potato peels in but in the 3 months I have owned this house it has stopped up twice. Why?


The problem should really have nothing to do with potato peels. Even a cheap disposer should have no problem chewing up things much worse than that.
There are two main things that could be causing your problem: 1. Defective disposer or improper installation 2. Improper usage of disposer (more likely)
I've been known to put entire sinkfulls of waste down the diposer (mine is an ancient thing from the 70s), and I've had a clog maybe once. You have to be conscious of the amount of water that's going down with the waste. Ideally, before anything solid at all goes down the drain you should turn the faucet on COLD full blast and then turn on the disposer. The grinding mechanism is so fast that the disposer shreds the solids and blows them into the drain pipe at a very high rate. If there's not enough water down there to get thrown down the drain pipe with the waste that's when a clog happens. So don't turn the disposer on AFTER putting a lot of waste down there and always do it with a full flow of cold water. Feed the disposer gradually with the waste and let it run until it sounds empty.
When done right, the worst clogs can easily be dispatched with a plunger in three or four strokes. With a toilet the best way to it make sure the plunger is sealed good and plunger with short, fast, powerful strokes. When you unclog a disposer, the clog is almost always in the connection where the disposer discharges into the drain pipe because of the funnel effect. When you push the plunger down the water pressure will go up but the waste will compact tighter and resist flow even more. You want to push the plunger down and let it leak until you get it as far down as possible, then let it form a good seal and give a powerful upward stroke. That'll create strong suction and pull the clump of waste particles back, where they'll mix with the excess water and go right down the drain. If you don't have a plunger, you'll find that for some reason a soda can will work in a pinch.

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I agree it definitly is not your garbage disposal. You could try to use a liquid drain cleaner, but in my experience those do not work all that well, especially on the type of problem that you are having. If in fact you can not take apart your P-trap, (it shouldn't be a S trap), you should look for some type of a clean out cover under the sink or in the basement (if you have one). If there is another fixture down line, or for that matter up line, are you having problems there? It is possible that you have a clogged pipe under the sink. Unfortunatly if you can not disassemble, you (or a hired prof) will have to cut under the sink to find the problem. Hope this helps

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You need to purchase a garbage disposal wrench. It has a Tee at the top and extends down to a pivot with a large forked head. Drop this down and turn the blades until they start to move. Remove the wrench, run hot water and turn on your disposal. Both blades should now be free. There also might be a red reset button on the bottom.

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